Too much time and energy in life gets spent trying to fit in…trying to be seen as “normal”. I personally think that normal is pretty boring. After all, why be normal when you can be exceptional?! When something simply “fits in” it is too easy to blend in, to go completely unnoticed. But when something stands out you cannot help but notice it. You cannot help but have your attention drawn to it.
Now I am not talking about standing out in your physical appearance – I am talking about standing out with your character. I am talking about standing out by going the extra mile, by being extra kind and compassionate toward others, by living a life of integrity. And in today’s world, those qualities will definitely make you a person who stands out.
Every day we have the choice to STAND OUT. Every day we have the choice to focus on being amazing…to go beyond the average or the typical….we have the choice to be EXCEPTIONAL.
Why follow the crowd when you can be leading it?
Why shoot for ordinary when you can be SPECTACULAR?!
Be proud to STAND OUT! Be confident to stand up for what is right, even when you are the only one doing it. Don’t lower your standards to fit in with the crowd. Instead, let your example be what lifts others around you to raise their standards to yours. Be a leader. Stop worrying about fitting in and start aiming to STAND OUT!
Tomorrow is my daughter Ashley’s 18th birthday. I can hardly believe it. My baby is officially an adult. Time has gone way too fast. I literally can close my eyes and see my sweet little baby being handed to me immediately after I delivered her 18 years ago. I remember holding her that first time and staring in amazement at how perfectly beautiful she was. She was the most beautiful baby I have ever laid eyes on. She truly was. And sitting here tonight, 18 years later, she is still the most perfectly beautiful person I have ever laid eyes on, both on the outside as well as the inside. Today’s blog is dedicated to my baby girl because of everyone I know in this life, she is the one who most prominently STANDS OUT – with her amazing character, her unbendable values, her kindness and compassion, her charitable heart, and her confidence to stand alone for what is right – she is my example and my hero and no matter how old she gets she will always be my sweet baby girl – Happy Birthday Ashley!!!!
Ashley as a newborn
My sweet baby girl :)
My baby girl all grown up
Tagged 18, adult, appearance, ashley, Ashley Lewis, attention, baby, baby girl, birthday, character, charitable, compassionate, example, exceptional, extra mile, family, fit in, integrity, kind, kindness, lead, leder, lift, love, normal, ordinary, physical, proud, raise, spectacular, stand out, sweet